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Coat of arms of Jordan

On August 25, 1934, the Executive Council (The Council of Ministers at the time) issued Directive No. 558 declaring the Coat of Arms of Jordan (Arabic: شعار المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية‎), (which was designed in 1921 upon the request of His Highness Emir Abdullah I) as the official emblem of the country and outlining its specific design layout. On February 21, 1982, the Council of Ministers issued the official Notification No. 6, which gave written specifications and explanations of the official emblem of the country. The following description is:

The Royal Hashemite Crown

Symbolizing the monarchy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the golden crown is composed of five arches with beaded design, fanning out from beneath its pinnacle and attached to the base with a relief design recalling rubies and emeralds. On top of the base rest five lotus flowers, denoting purity. The Royal Hashemite Crown is adorned at the top by the tip of a spear that represents the Hashemite banner.

The Sash

The Royal Hashemite Crown rests on the sash that represents the Royal Hashemite Throne. The crimson velvet sash, lined with white silk, signifies sacrifice and purity. The sash is trimmed in a fringe of golden threads and gathered on either side with golden tasselled cords to reveal a white silk lining.

The Two Flags

Each flag represents the flag of the Great Arab Revolt. The length of each is double its width and each is divided horizontally into three equal parts: the upper black panel, the middle green panel and the lower white panel. The crimson triangle occupies the front. Its base is equal to the width of the flag while its length is equal to half that of the flag.

The Eagle

This emblem symbolises power, fortitude and loftiness. Its colours signify the banner and turban of the Islamic prophet, Mohammad. The eagle stands on the globe, its wings touching the flags on both ends. The eagle’s head faces its right.

The Globe

Blue in colour, the globe signifies the emergence of Islamic civilisation.

Arab Weaponry

A bronze shield is decorated with a chrysanthemum, a common motif in Arab art and architecture. The shield is placed in front of the globe, symbolising the defence of the right. Golden swords and spears, bows and arrows protrude from either side of the shield and the globe.

Gold Wheat Ears & Palm Frond

Encircling the shield from its base are three ears of wheat on the right and a palm frond to the left. They are attached to the ribbon of the Al Nahda First Order Medal.

Al Nahda First Order Medal

The medal is suspended from the centre of the ribbon.

The Yellow Ribbon

A yellow ribbon placed across the ribbon of the Al Nahda First Order Medal, is composed of three parts inscribed with phrases, as follows:

On the right: “Abdullah I ibn Al Hussein Bin Aoun (Aoun, the great-grandfather of Sharif Al Hussein Bin Ali)”

In the middle: “King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”

On the left: “Who seeks support and guidance from God”

External links

  • Description from King Hussein's website
  • King Abdullah II website. Description can be found at "About Jordan" → "The Jordanian Coat of Arms".
  • Description from Embassy of Jordan in Washington
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